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Julia E. Winship

EDITOR OF THE VIDETTE: -- As the happy close of a Christian's beautiful life seems as a beacon light to guide and gladden thoswe yet on their way heavenward and homeward, you will please copy from the Michigan City Enterprise the following obituary of Miss Julia Winship, a loved niece of Mrs. O. Dunham, and highly esteemed friend of many of our citizens.

DIED. -- Of consumption, Jan. 12, 1880, in this city, Miss Julia E. Winship, late teacher in our public schools, aged 22 years and 9 months.

And thus has passed to the better land in the flower of her youth, and after a long and painful sickness, borne with exemplary Christian fortitude and patience, one of our brightest and best. An affectionate daughter; the dear friend; the skillful and beloved teacher who taught as one who loved to teach; the worthy Christian whose lamp was ever kept trimmed and burning -- her loss carries mourning to many hearts in the home and in society, in schools and in church.

After a year of illness and months of suffering, she passed through the "shadowy vale," uttering such exclamations, with uplifted hands, as these: "O how bright!" "All is lovely!" "I am so happy -- so happy!" At the same time an ecstatic smile irradiated her face, with such beauty as can never be forgotten by those who were with her; for it impressed them with the conviction that she saw some vision which they did not.

In June, in 1875, when Miss Winship graduated from our High School, she read an essay of marked ability entitled "Over the Alps lieth thine Italy." Her useful Christian life in her home and in society, in her church and school, and especially the wonderful patience she exhibited in her long painful illness, and her beautiful death, trusting and triumphing in her Savior, all show that she was the prophetess of her own future when she wrote that essay.

The many beautiful floral offerings as well as the large attendance seen at her funeral evinced the love and esteem of her many friends. A broken column of flowers from her associate teachers, a pillow of camelias with the word "Julia" in purple English violets, from young lady friends; a crown surmounted by a cross and a separate cross, "from gentlemen who did not wish their names known;" a basket from a lady friend, and many flowers from others, decorated the casket, and inside was a bed of smilax, roses and carnations -- her favorite flowers. Surely death was robbed of his terrors.

Ther funeral services were held at the house on Wednesday afternoon, the Rev. J. Q. Hall, assisted by Rev. Evarts Kent, officiating.

Newspaper: Porter County Vidette
Date of Publication: June 24, 1880
Volume Number: 24
Issue Number: 26
Page: 2
Column(s): 8

Key to Newspaper Publication Locations:
    Newspapers Published in Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana
                Chesterton Tribune
                The Tribune
                Westchester Tribune

    Newspapers Published in Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana
                Porter County Vidette
                Practical Observer
                Valparaiso Practical Observer
                Vidette and Republic
                Western Ranger

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